History of NASW
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) was established in 1955 through the consolidation of seven organizations. Over time, it has contributed significantly to the advancement of the social work profession through organizing social workers around activities such as advocacy at all levels of government and the continued development of the NASW Code of Ethics - the foundational document all licensed social workers, regardless of NASW membership, must follow. NASW's primary functions include promoting the professional development of its members, establishing and maintaining professional standards of practice, advancing sound social policies, and providing services that protect its members and enhance their professional status. The Association developed and adopted the NASW Code of Ethics, as well as other generalized and specialized practice standards; develops certification and quality assurance programs; and supports candidates for public office through Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE). The Association also sponsors, through its 56 chapters in the U.S. and abroad, professional conferences and continuing education programs; and produces journals - such as the flagship Social Work - books, and major reference works for the profession.